I’ve been waiting to post this set for last, as it’s my favorite. I think the highlight of living and working in Germany a couple years ago, was actually my trip to Prague. While there, I soaked up as much Mucha as I could. For those not in the know, Alfons Mucha is perhaps one of the most influential designers of the Art Nouveau period (of which it’s hard not to be a fan of in and of itself). I could go on and on about the beauty of his work, not the least of which are his murals depicting the history of the Czech people.
The Smith Museum actually owns stained glass panels of his 4 Seasons series. According to the exhibit card, the panels were originally windows in a Chicago home. Although I can’t remember all of the details (my photo of the card didn’t turn out), either Mucha spent some time in Chicago or the original owner knew him from Europe. Either way, the originals eventually made their way to Navy Pier.
Although they didn’t have as much depth as the works by Tiffany, they were simply gorgeous with the glow behind them. I could just imagine them in a beautiful house backlit by the setting sun.